Thursday, April 02, 2009

Wacko Prof, Justice Win

I actually like this story:

DENVER — A jury ruled Thursday that the University of Colorado wrongly fired the professor who compared some Sept. 11 victims to a Nazi.

Ward Churchill, who was a tenured professor of ethnic studies, was fired on charges of research misconduct, but he maintained he was dismissed in retaliation for his comments about Sept. 11 victims.

Jurors agreed, saying Churchill never would have been fired if he hadn't written an essay in which he called the World Trade Center victims "little Eichmanns," a reference to Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi leader who orchestrated the Holocaust.
Not having seen the evidence, I'll trust that the jury was correct in its judgment of the issue at hand, which is whether he was fired as a retaliatory measure. I'm happy that despite the guy being a complete moron, the law held up as it should. I'm even happier, though, that while upholding the law, the jury also found the wisdom to award him in the following manner:
The jury awarded Churchill only $1 in damages

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